Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Universities: Institutes of Lower Learning

When I was in university 20 years ago, we had a lot of goofy courses on offer, and I took a few of them, one in modern (actually post-modern) critical theory. The class was taught by a lesbian feminist and somehow while supposedly learning techniques of criticism and critical theory, we managed to mostly learn about feminism, phallocentrism, Marxism, Freud, and semiotics. I had two professors who were self-proclaimed socialists/communists. It seems not much has changed. In fact, things seem to have gotten worse.

The Young America's Foundation has compiled "The Dirty Dozen: America’s Most Bizarre and Politically Correct College Courses." Here's the top three:
1. Occidental College’s The Phallus covers a broad study on the relation “between the phallus and the penis, the meaning of the phallus, phallologocentrism, the lesbian phallus, the Jewish phallus, the Latino phallus, and the relation of the phallus and fetishism.”

2. Queer Musicology at the University of California-Los Angeles explores how “sexual difference and complex gender identities in music and among musicians have incited productive consternation” during the 1990s. Music under consideration includes works by Schubert and Holly Near, Britten and Cole Porter, and Pussy Tourette.

3. Amherst College in Massachusetts offers Taking Marx Seriously: “Should Marx be given another chance?” Students in this class are asked to question if Marxism still has “credibility,” while also inquiring if societies can gain new insights by “returning to [Marx’s] texts.” Coming to Marx’s rescue, this course also states that Lenin, Stalin, and Pol Pot misapplied the concepts of Marxism.
Says YAF Spokesman, Jason Mattera:
“The Dirty Dozen demonstrates that professors still have an obsession with dividing people on the basis of their skin color, sexuality, and gender. They also can’t seem to shake off a strong admiration for Karl Marx and his murderous ideology—apparently the 100-plus million totalitarian regimes have murdered over the years is not enough?!”
Considering that "The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that 40 percent of college students need remedial work in math and English," one has to question what the hell is going on at our universities. Unless one is going into medicine, engineering, or the hard sciences, I would have to say that a college education is a complete waste of time and money.


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